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Unforgettable summer vacation at the Nürburgring

The Nürburgring offers a wide range of experiences and events this summer - the perfect destination for family outings during the summer vacations. From exciting races and interactive museum visits to thrilling backstage tours, there is something for everyone to discover. In addition,the new "Nürburgring Adventure Summer Ticket" is availableexclusively for the summer vacations- an attractive...
Unforgettable summer vacation at the Nürburgring


The Nürburgring offers a wide range of experiences and events this summer - the perfect destination for family outings during the summer vacations. From exciting races and interactive museum visits to thrilling backstage tours, there is something for everyone to discover. In addition,the new "Nürburgring Adventure Summer Ticket" is availableexclusively for the summer vacations- an attractive offer for day trippers during the week that makes a visit even more worthwhile. New Adventure Summer TicketThe new "Nürburgring Adventure Summer Ticket" celebrates its premiere this year just in time for the summer vacations. The package price includes admission to the ring°werk, a 10-minute ride in a fast-paced electric kart on the ring°kart track, participation in an exciting backstage tour and admission to the taster grandstand - with a direct view of the Grand Prix circuit. Ticket holders also receive a 10% discount in the ring°fanshop, the Lucia - Pollo Italiano restaurant, Bitburger Gasthaus, Devil's Diner and the park bistro in the vacation park. The Adventure Summer Ticket for all adults and children aged 8 and over is available on site at the info°center until August 25. For the special price of €30 per person, the included services can be redeemed during the week - from Monday to Thursday. Children up to the age of five even have free admission to the Nürburgring attractions. Varied adventure offersThose who prefer to experience the offers individually are of course also very welcome at the legendary race track. During the summer vacations in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, the Nürburgring offers a particularly wide range of opportunities for families and motorsport fans. The ring°werk motorsport adventure museum offers an exciting journey through the history of the legendary race track with action-packed hands-on activities. The backstage tour provides insights behind the scenes and visitors can test their driving skills on the ring°kart track. Virtual and real racing experiencesIn the Nürburgring eSports Bar in the ring°carré, anyone can drive a racing car at the limit. High-quality simulators turn the virtual drive into an adrenaline adventure. In the real world, the legendary Nordschleife attracts tourists with its challenging course. Motorsport events and culinary offeringsThe Nürburgring offers numerous events for fans of thrilling duels. From classic cars and GT cars to bike races - the weekends are full of action. The Bitburger Gasthaus and Lucia - Pollo Italiano take care of your physical well-being. Memorabilia from your visit to the Nürburgring can be purchased in the official ring°fanshop. Accommodation and leisure activitiesThe Nürburgring is also more than just a day trip destination and can be visited for a one-day adventure as well as for a relaxing short vacation. The accommodation options at the Nürburgring Holiday Park provide the perfect base for getting to know the region and its numerous opportunities for outdoor adventures. These include hiking trails around the Nordschleife as well as varied cycle paths through the meadows and forests.

The Ring weekend - from tourist rides to “Anlassen”


This weekend, the Nürburgring offers a variety of events and activities for enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Whether it's the “Hotfoot Run” obstacle course on Saturday, the “Anlassen” motorcycle service on Sunday or the tourist rides throughout the weekend - there's something for everyone. The info°center, the ring°werk and the ring°kart track are open throughout the weekend. The ring°cinema will be showing films such as “KUNG FU PANDA 4” and “CHANTAL IM MÄRCHENLAND”. The Bitburger Gasthaus and Devil's Diner will be serving food and drink, along with other gastronomic offerings. All opening hours and offers at a glance: Tourist Drives Nordschleife Friday, 26.04: 17:00 to 19:30  Saturday, 27.04: 18:00 to 19:00 (no motorcycles) Sunday, 28.04: 10:00 am to 15:30 pm info°center Friday, 26.04: 09:00 to 17:00 Saturday, 27.04: 08:00 to 17:00 Sunday, 28.04: 08:00 to 17:00 ring°werk Friday, 26.04: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, 27.04: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday, 28.04: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm ring°kart track Friday, 26.04: 13:00 to 20:00 Saturday, 27.04: 18:00 to 20:00 Sunday, 28.04: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Nürburgring eSports Bar Friday, 26.04: 16:00 to 22:00 Saturday, 27.04: 12:00 to 22:00 Sunday, 28.04: 12:00 to 18:00 ring°fanshop Friday, 26.04: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, 27.04: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday, 28.04: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Bitburger Gasthaus Friday, 26.04: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Saturday, 27.04: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday, 28.04: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Devil's Diner Friday, 26.04: 08:00 to 17:00 Saturday, 27.04: closed Sunday, 28.04: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm LUCIA Friday, 26.04: 17:00 to 22:00 Saturday, 27.04: 11:00 to 22:00  Sunday, 28.04: 11:00 to 22:00 

Easter 2024 at the Nürburgring


There is something for everyone at the Nürburgring around Easter: As is well known, the weekend is traditionally dominated by tourist drives. From Good Friday (March 29) up to and including Easter Monday (April 1), the Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit open their doors to everyone every day. In addition, there is plenty to experience at the Nürburgring as a destination around Easter and the subsequent vacation period. An overview:Four days of tourist driving in a row: Easter is traditionally also a festival for Nürburgring enthusiasts. Both the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix circuit are open to everyone. Cars and motorcyclists can take to the legendary asphalt all day long - subject to road traffic regulations. Further information on the tourist rides can be found here. But there are also numerous HeartRace moments at the Nürburgring destination off the track at Easter and during the subsequent vacation period: experience family fun on the ring°kart track, marvel at historical exhibits in the ring°werk adventure museum, admire fascinating digital action in the Nürburgring eSports Bar or try on the new Nürburgring collection in the fan store. There is something to experience every day around the ring°boulevard on the Grand Prix Track.  And because all this makes you hungry and thirsty: numerous restaurants at the Nürburgring will make tired men, moms and mini-racing fans feel lively again. Opposite the ring°boulevard, guests are spoiled for choice: LUCIA - Pollo Italiano serves dolce vita and fresh chicken made to an Italian recipe, while the Bitburger Gasthaus next door offers home-style cooking and an outdoor terrace with a great view. The view from the Devil's Diner is at least as good: located on the access road to the Nordschleife on the outskirts of Nürburg, visitors have a perfect view of the action during the tourist races at Easter.

What happens when F1 world champion Max Verstappen meets NLS rookie Andy Gülden?


The answer to this question will be provided by the BMW M 3h race of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series on Saturday, December 16. Reigning Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen will take on the challenge of the 'Green Hell' in the Ferrari 296 GT3 of Team Redline. Among others, the Dutchman will meet NLS rookie Andy Gülden. The chief instructor of the Nürburgring Driving Academy will start together with Gregor Kinski in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 from Nürburgring eSports. You can see how the Formula 1 world champion fares against the Nordschleife and sim racing pros in the livestream on on Saturday from 11:45 am with the first images from qualifying. The starting lights will finally turn green at 1 pm. "I think we'll all have to dress warmly when Max lines up in the DNLS," says Gülden. "As Formula 1 world champion, he is currently not only the best racing driver in the world, but has also been an excellent simracer for years. I'm really looking forward to contesting a race against him. You don't experience that every day." Verstappen will share the cockpit with his compatriot Rudy van Buren, the official simulator test and development driver for Oracle Red Bull Racing. Team Redline is one of the veterans of sim racing. Founded in 2000, the multinational team has more than 100 titles to its name - including winning the first iRacing World Championship in 2010. After Mercedes-AMG's six-race triumph in the opening race, the rivals are looking for revenge. The BMW, Ferrari and Porsche teams were clearly left behind in the SP9. There is a change of brand in the DNLS2 line-up. Sami-Matti Trogen and Dominik Staib from the Sontek Racing team are switching from Ferrari to Lamborghini. In addition to Redline, will continue to attack with the Ferrari 296 GT3. BS+Competition, WS Racing and RC Carshop eSports will compete with the BMW M4 GT3, while Halder Motorsport, Coanda Esports by Manthey, Leipert eSports and the Falken Simracing Team will rely on Porsche. The premiere of the Porsche Esports Endurance Trophy Nürburgring was fiercely contested at the season opener. Scherer eSport Cup secured first place in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup one-make cup ahead of the Apex Racing Team and Team Redline. The other teams from the real Nürburgring Endurance Series, pb performance, KKrämer Racing eSport, AVIA W&S e-Motorsport and Dörr Esports were still left behind. However, the teams will now do everything they can to improve their positions in race two. The premiere of the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the DNLS went well. Dörr Esports immediately took second place with the British super sports car behind Sontek Racing in the BMW M4 GT4. The brand mix at the top of the SP10 class was completed by the MAHLE Racing Team, which entered the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the race. Behind ATRS eSports, the two NLS teams Adrenalin Motorsport and PROsport SimRacing finished fourth and fifth. After race one, the focus in SP3T will once again be on the duel between SimRC and Team Heusinkveld. The two teams have already dominated the class in recent years and are seamlessly building on their successes in the 23/24 winter season. In the new VT2 class, Nürburgring eSports celebrated its maiden victory with the Toyota GT86. And in race two, fans who are used to the best multiclass racing from the real Nürburgring Endurance Series can once again look forward to thrilling racing action and battles at mirror level in the smaller classes. DNLS2 presents teams in all classes with a new challenge. The 30-minute shorter race distance compared to the season opener requires completely new strategic planning. The professional sim racing teams work closely with their respective manufacturers. At Mercedes-AMG, for example, the topic of virtual motorsport is firmly anchored in the motorsport department - data analysis and strategic planning are carried out using the same software as in real racing.

AMG Team URANO eSports takes SP9 Title


The new SP9 champions of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear are Alexey Nesov and Sebastian Schmalenbach. Third place was enough for the duo to win the title at the finale with their AMG Team URANO eSports Mercedes-AMG GT3. The race win at the KALFF 4h Race went to Sami-Matti Trogen and Aleksi Elomaa. After 31 laps, the BMW M4 GT3 of the team Walkenhorst Motorsport finished 3.36 seconds ahead of their brand colleagues Norbi Kiss and Kay Kaschube from Team BMW Bank. There was a tough battle for the title in the top class SP9. Elias Seppanen and Alejandro Sánchez in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of AMG Team HRT by Unicorns of Love nearly managed to defend their title. At times, Sánchez drove fabulous lap times in the virtual Green Hell, the fastest in 7:43.682 minutes. However, 80 minutes before the end of the race, the Spaniard made a serious mistake. While lapping in the Hatzenbach section, he collided with an SP3T car. Race Control considered the incident an avoidable collision and imposed a time penalty on HRT. This cleared the way for URANO to win the title.“That was a fantastic race – sometimes you just have to be lucky,” Schmalenbach said happily after the race. “Our strategy was good, our pace okay. Unicorns of Love were on another planet today. But ultimately, Sánchez pulled himself out of the fight with his mistake. Our goal was to complete our race smoothly and that worked out perfectly. The last laps then were mega exciting because UoL imperatively had to stay in front of Razer.”The beginning of the race in the Cup2 was dramatic. After being pushed by a fellow competitor in turn two, both title contenders of Team75 Bernhard by SimRC and PhoenixRacing eSports spun. Both were able to continue the race and fight their way back to the front, position by position, in the fiercely contested Porsche 911 GT3 R field. In the end, Jürgen Frank and Marvin Strehl finished third for Team75 Bernhard and thus secured the title. Phoenix finished fourth with Luca Alpert and Fabian Hochstatter and had to be satisfied with second place in the championship. The race win went to Gericke Motorsport with drivers Adrian Gericke and Loïc Rabier ahead of the Team75 Bernhard sister car, driven by René Ostermann. “Especially after the start, which was a bit wilder today, the joy is even greater,” said Strehl. “Whilst spinning, I saw that Phoenix was also affected. After that, our goal was to work our way up into the leading group quickly and safely. Phoenix followed on, but we were able to gain a small gap.”In the GT4 class SP10, Felix Quirmbach and Ruben Bonga from BS+Competition clinched class victory, which in the end meant the title in the class. Second place was not enough for URANO eSports to take the title from the Munich based team. “It’s a good feeling, I am relieved to have won the race and to be on top of the podium in the end,” said Quirmbach. “Our goal was to win the class. When we then realised that it would be one lap longer, our competitors had to make an extra stop. For us, our plan paid off.”In SP3T, the title also finally went to the day’s winners. Kieran Harrison and Nathan Amess won the race for SimRC. Team Heusinkveld, which also still had a chance of winning the title, could not get past fourth place and was left behind in the end. Second and third places went to Impulse Racing by GTÜ and Puresim Esports. Harrison was happy: “We managed again to work out the longer pit stop time. We didn’t change tyres throughout the race. It was a bit slippery at the end but with the SP3T car, the plan works out.” In one week’s time, the real Nürburgring Nordschleife will finally be back in action. On 18 March, the 68th ADAC Westfalenfahrt will run over the classic NLS distance of four hours. Tickets are available here.

Nürburgring starts the 2023 event season


It's finally starting again - under the new claim "we make your heart race", the Nürburgring is entering the new event season. Great emotions await professionals, amateurs and spectators at around 50 events from the genres of motorsport, music and sport. Highlights include the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring and the 12h Nürburgring of the Nürburgring Endurance Series as well as the 50th anniversary of the Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, the mega festival Rock am Ring or sporting events such as Rad am Ring or the Hotfoot Run. And even beyond the events, there will again be an extensive range of leisure and adventure activities.   As usual, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will do the honours for the season premiere in 2023. On 18 March, the lights will turn green for the first time. The NLS will shake the Green Hell a total of eight times. On the combination of sprint track and Nordschleife, the large field of starters in the Green Hell will once again be at full throttle - with the entire automotive diversity from near-series racing cars to full-blown GT3 bolides. The highlight of the NLS season will again be the 12h Nürburgring from 8 to 10 September. Here, even the complete version of the race track - including the entire Grand Prix Track - will be driven. The fans know the same track variant at the motorsport highlight of the season. After a veritable fan festival with 230,000 visitors, the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Race from 18 to 21 May once again invites to a gigantic horsepower party. Race teams from all over the world, a tough race on the most demanding race track in the world and the unique atmosphere around the track are expected: drivers and fans alike are looking forward to the camping and campfire atmosphere. A foretaste of the endurance classic is already available in April - on 22 and 23 April, the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers will get underway. 50th Anniversary of the Oldtimer-Grand-PrixFans of historic vehicles will also get their money's worth this year - even with a big anniversary. The Oldtimer Grand Prix (11 - 13 August) is turning 50! As one of the most traditional festivals for traditional vehicles in Europe, it is once again the highlight of the historic motorsport season in Germany. In addition to an outstanding starting field with vehicles from the entire history of the Nürburgring, fans can look forward to a fan world around the Grand Prix circuit. Those who want to experience even more time travel is in the right place at the Nürburgring. With the endurance classic ADAC 1000 kilometre race (15 - 17 September), at the Nürburgring Classic (26 - 28 May) or at the ADAC Westfalen Trophy (13 - 15 October), horsepower-packed time journeys through history await. The Int. ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix is a little rougher than the historic vehicles. The race trucks will make the racetrack shake - and from 13 to 16 July they will give each other a run for their money when they thunder around the racetrack at around 160 km/h. Also at the start in the supporting programme: the ADAC GT Masters. Besides the track, there will be a lot of colourful activities. With many activities and exhibitors in the paddock, a children's area, a trade fair and, of course, the traditional music festival in the Müllenbachschleife.  Real GT3 highlights await each other on two weekends at the end of July and the beginning of August. The Fanatec GT World Challenge pwd by AWS (29 - 30 July) will kick things off. The DTM immediately follows from 4 to 6 August. A total of 13 teams with six different brands will be competing in the race series, which is being held under the umbrella of the ADAC for the first time. There will be cars from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG Porsche as well as Lamborghini and Ferrari. Strong line-up and only European concert by the Foo Fighters at Rock am RingThe festival fans return at Rock am Ring from 2 to 4 June. Strong headliners are waiting at Rock am Ring again this year with the Toten Hosen and the Kings of Leon. They will be completed by the Foo Fighters, who will make their only European appearance at the festival this year. Anyway, the band, which has won the Grammy eleven times, returns to German stages for the first time after 2018. In addition, many other international fan favourites such as Rise Against, Limp Bizkit, the rock duo Tenacious D or US superstar Machine Gun Kelly await. Motorbike service a tradition for many bikersMotorbikes are also part of the programme at the Nürburgring. They celebrate their traditional opening of the season during the ecumenical service "Anlassen" (2 April). More than 10,000 bikers get their blessing in the paddock and enjoy the highlight: the joint parade around the Nordschleife. In addition, there will be tourist rides on the Grand Prix Track and other programme items in the paddock. Racing motorbikes from different eras will take centre stage at the Cologne circuit. On 14 May, they will show their best side on the Grand Prix Track. Particularly eye-catching are the starts of the veteran sidecar riders and the historic motor scooters. This year, for the third time, the Grand Prix circuit will be the venue of the ADAC/DMC Race Weekend (10-11 June). From "old iron" to sidecars and superbikes, everything is represented here for beginners and experienced pilots.  On foot and by bike around the RingThe fact that the Nürburgring can also be mastered on foot or by bike is impressively demonstrated by the athletes at the Hotfoot Run and at Rad am Ring. On 6 May, the famous obstacle course involves overcoming mountains of straw bales, mud pits and ice-cold pools of water. From 21 to 23 July, the cyclists take on the world's most demanding race track. The highlight of the event is the 24-hour cycle race over the combination of Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife. But the Nürburgring is also popular with athletes beyond the event: a total of seven cycling and running events are scheduled for 2023. Here, amateur athletes can run or experience the legendary track on the various dates.  But even without a major event, the Nürburgring is always worth a visit. There is much to discover and marvel at. For example, the motorsport experience museum ring°werk, the ring°kartbahn with pure motorsport feeling, the Nürburgring eSports bar, the ring°kino with one of the largest 3D cinema screens in the region or various gastronomic highlights such as the Italian restaurant Lucia or the Bitburger Gasthaus in the ring°carré as well as the Devils Diner at the Nordschleife await the visitors. For those who want to take a look behind the scenes of the legendary race track, the backstage tour is just the right thing - including a visit to the winner's podium. > see the whole event calendar 2023 Start of the season with a new claim"nürburgring. we make your heart race."The Nürburgring is taking off with a new claim. Because the Nürburgring is more than just a race track. Nestled in the Eifel forests and firmly rooted in the region, it has been an international place of emotion, passion and unique stories for almost 100 years. And for Nürburgring fans from all over the world, it is one thing above all: a place of solidarity and community - a kind of home. The fact that emotional moments, people and a very special feeling of longing make up the Nürburgring will be visible and tangible this season under the new claim of the destination. From now on, the motto at the Nürburgring is: "we make your heart race". This claim stands for the passion of the employees of the Nürburgring companies, who see themselves as pioneers of unique moments and for the diverse experiences that the players and visitors experience here. It stands for goose bumps and heart throbbing, for adrenaline and joy, for an incomparable challenge.  These emotions can be triggered by a visit to the Nürburgring Endurance Series just as much as by an overnight stay right next to the race track at the Nürburgring Congress Hotel managed by Lindner. A ride in a kart, in the passenger seat of a racing car or in the simulator of the Nürburgring eSports bar also causes special palpitations - and taking part in a corporate event with a direct view of the race track is just as special. All of this is the Nürburgring emotion that creates special impressions and memories for everyone involved. Beyond the on-site experience, the Nürburgring feeling is transported all over the world. Through emotional scenes - for example in the live broadcast of a race by Nü or in the new image clip of the destination. And of course there are a variety of emotional image motifs from all events and moments at the Nürburgring via the Nürburgring communication channels.  No matter where, no matter when: everyone should have the opportunity to experience a piece of the Nürburgring and, of course, to feel for themselves what it means when it says: "nürburgring. we make your heart race."

First win of the season for Mercedes-AMG Team HRT by Unicorns of Love


The winners of the HAPPY RACING 3.5h race are Elias Seppanen and Alejandro Sánchez. Driving a Mercedes-AMG GT3, the duo took the first victory for Mercedes-AMG Team HRT by Unicorns of Love in the penultimate race of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear. Finishing in second place were Will Tregurtha and Vasilios Belesiotis of Williams Esports Razer. For the second year in a row, Adrenalin Motorsport - the champion team of the real Nordschleife championship - took third place with Sindre Setsaas and Fabian Hari. In a thrilling qualifying, NLS champion Setsaas secured pole position with a time of 7:47.556 minutes. However, at the start the Norwegian had to admit defeat to European Truck Champion Norbi Kiss in the BMW M4 GT3 of Team BMW Bank and Alexey Nesov in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of AMG Team URANO. Nesov led for the first few kilometres, but Kiss pushed past the Mercedes-AMG on lap one and held the lead until the first stop. Seppanen completed a quicker stop and returned to the race in the lead. Team BMW Bank then maintained second place. It was only after the change to Robby Foley, who touched the track barrier during an overtaking manoeuvre, that the champion team of the first DNLS season in 2020 dropped back. At the front, HRT dominated the action until the chequered flag fell. After 27 laps, the lead of Seppanen and Sánchez was 42.28 seconds. The Spaniard Sánchez even drove the fastest race lap in 1:45.248 minutes on his DNLS debut in the last lap. "I'm a bit annoyed that I didn't manage a 1:44 lap in the end," said the 22-year-old after the race. "I am very happy with my first race for the team and in the championship. We had a great car and the pace was just right. Elias laid the foundation for our success. All I really had to do was manage the lead and make sure I didn't make any mistakes in traffic." The URANO team made a pit stop mistake during the race, which resulted in a drive-through penalty. Nesov and Schmalenbach then fought their way up from ninth to fourth in the race. Behind them, Dörr Esports, PhoenixRacing eSport, Walkenhorst Motorsport, Team BMW Bank, Team75 Bernhard by SimRC and Leipert eSports completed the top 10 positions.After their victory in the Cup 2 class at the opening race, Marvin Strehl and Jürgen Frank from Team75 Bernhard by SimRC went one better in race four. The duo relegated Luca Alpert and Fabian Hochstatter (Phoenix eSport) as well as Adrian Gericke and Loïc Rabier (Gericke Motorsport) to places. "It went very well for us today," said Frank. "We have very strong opponents in the class with Phoenix and URANO. It was an extremely tight affair, especially in the early stages. After the first stop, I managed a bit better with cold tyres and was able to gain an advantage. In addition, saving fuel was the order of the day today - we managed that perfectly." Managing fuel was also an issue in SS10. "It's not so easy with a GT4 car because we don't have a clutch and have to brake with the engine," explained Dutchman Ruben Bonga, who single-handedly beat the competition in the BS+Competition BMW M4 GT4. "It was the goal in the first stint to do one more lap, which we managed to do. After that, I was able to fully attack and take the win." Second place went to Niclas Laubisch and Yoep de Ligt in the Urano eSports Mercedes-AMG GT4. Pascal Stix - also driving solo in another Mercedes-AMG - finished third for CoRe SimRacing.In SP3T, Nathan Amess and Kieran Harrison celebrated the second win of the season for Sim RC $DNLS in the Hyundai Elantra N TC. Fabian Siegmann and Stefan Schella of Heusinkveld 401, who won race two, finished second ahead of Steen Ledger and Konstantin Stolzenburg of Puresim Esports. The season finale of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear will take place on 11 March alongside the Nürburgring's test and set-up days. The longest distance of the winter season 22/23 is on the agenda at the KALFF 4h race.

Green light for DNLS 22/23: Innovations in the virtual championship


The engines are still roaring in the Green Hell - and with three races still to run, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will start into the golden autumn and towards the championship decision on 08 October. To ensure that the friends of cultivated Nordschleife sport don't get bored over the winter, preparations for the 22/23 season of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series are in full swing. More competition is the motto for the winter. To bring the DNLS races to the home screens, the livestream will also be upgraded again. The DNLS is entering its fourth season. Originally launched as a replacement for cancelled races in the real world at the beginning of the pandemic, the digital counterpart of the Nürburgring Endurance Series quickly drove its way into the hearts of the fans. Thrilling motorsport in cold temperatures - the virtual world makes it possible. And to make the DNLS experience even stronger, there are some innovations in the livestream. The opening show will have a new format. A big part of it is the earlier entry into the training events in order to pick up the viewers even better. In addition, the two regular presenters Patrick Simon and Olli Martini will in future always be assisted by a simracing expert who will contribute his expertise in virtual racing.What has distinguished the DNLS from the very beginning is the combination of real racing drivers and simracing professionals in the cars of the SP9 class. These rules will be refined for the coming season. In the process, an internal rating of the simracing pros will ensure more competitiveness among the participants. The requirements that a real racing driver has to bring along in order to participate will also be concretised in order to ensure more competitive competition. The DNLS season starts on 19 November with the first race. Shortly before Christmas, it will be another round on 17 December. In the new year, the races will take place on 7 January, 11 February and 11 March. The SP9, CUP2, SP10 and SP3T classes will be offered again this winter season. Up to 60 vehicles will compete in the 3-hour races in the racing simulation iRacing. Registrations will be possible online shortly.

Overtired but still wide awake: Denes/Barneveld win DNLS4 in the Mahle Porsche


Five Mercedes-AMG teams finished the HAPPY RACING 3h race on Sunday in the top eight positions. So once again there was a strong overall performance by the SP9 cars from Affalterbach. But the winner of the fourth race of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series (DNLS) presented by Goodyear was the Mahle Racing Team. US American Phil Denes and Dutchman Ryan Barneveld repeated the triumph from DNLS2 in the Porsche 911 R GT3. Second place went to Team BMW Bank with Bruno Spengler and Kay Kaschube. They were followed by the winners of the first and third rounds, Mercedes-AMG E-Sports Team Landgraf with Elias Seppanen and Luca Kita, ahead of Mercedes-AMG E-Sports Team HRT with Norbi Kiss and Florian Denzler. "I didn't have high expectations for the race because I already drove the Bathurst 12-hour race yesterday. That's why I had to get up at 2am in the night. Ryan did a great job. We also benefited from the one or other penalty or long stop of our competitors. In the end, the effort was worth it. One day I want to drive the Nordschleife for real," said Phil Denes. "Only then have you lived as a racing driver." In 7:47.03 minutes, Norbert Kiss initially set the fastest time in qualifying with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mercedes-AMG E-Sports Team HRT. However, the Hungarian had to let Joshua Rogers in the Porsche 911 R GT3 of Coanda Simsport pass already in the starting phase. In the end, Rogers and team-mate Tommy Ostgaard finished sixth. The duo had to make a longer penalty stop - because there was no driver from real motorsport. They were followed by Denes in the Porsche 911 R GT3 (Mahle Racing Team) and Spengler in the BMW M4 GT3 (Team BMW Bank). 20 minutes after the start, Kiss briefly lost control of his SP9 car in the Wehrseifen, which meant he slipped back to seventh place for a while. Shortly afterwards, the next serious incident occurred. Nils Koch (BS Competition) in the BMW M4 GT3 and Daniel Juncadella from the Mercedes-AMG E-Sports Team Winward crashed into a transverse car through no fault of their own. For BS Competition, third overall, the race was over prematurely. The Spaniard, however, continued the race. In the end, he was at least fifth with Alexi Elomaa. In the final phase, Team BMW Bank with Spengler behind the wheel was the only serious challenger to Denes' leading Mahle Porsche. At the finish, the winner's lead was 10.44 seconds. Coanda Simsport completes hat-trick in Cup2Marcus Jirak/Martin Ascher of Ascher Racing had a bad day in Cup2, finishing ninth in the class after a collision in the first laps. David Williams and Zachery Campbell from Coanda Simsport Cup2 were able to continue their winning streak in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, who, including the current race, have now won the last three rounds.The dominators of the SP10 class continue to be Austria's Pascal Stix and Maxim Ramsteijn from the Netherlands in the Porsche Cayman GT4. In the end, the duo, victorious for the third time, was 5.4 seconds ahead of the RSO 397 team with Nils Carstensen and Nils Lorenz. In SP3T, Team Heusinkveld 404 and CoRe SimRacing SP3T fought a thrilling duel to the finish line. After three hours of racing, the time difference between the two fastest Audi RS3 LMS was only 0.31 seconds. Sven Glatzel, Fabian Siegmann and Patrick Kubinji had the better end for themselves against Corentin Guinez and Kieran Harrison. On 6 March, the big showdown in the DNLS will take place at the Lego Technic 3h Race.